I have an external hd wd my book 500gb for some years now.The drive is FAT32 Two days ago I couldn't see it in my computer, I could see it though in computer manager/storage but with the message to formate it and I could see it too in device manager as wd.
I have windows 7 x64.
I tried many things to make it visible in my computer. After few attemps finally I tried the command DISKPART in cmd and the drive came up in a sec...for a while though because after a restart same game again. I did it again 3,4 times and I can't remember finally how the drive came back. But I couldn't reach easy the directory, it took a long time to load.. Even then it was hard to copy files, I tried few times. I thought that the drive had a problem so I wanted to move all the files to another internal hd I have (which btw very often is not visible also, sometimes it came up some times I need to rescan from the storage manager to show up). Finally I couldn't do much.
I try to run a check disc to the wd but 2 days now is scanning... It was impossible to wait because I need to work with the pc..so today I took the risk to shut down the computer from the button...the scan was more or less to 9milions clusters...
When I boot again ito windows I checked it and the disc was there but all the directories and the disc name is with unrecognizable characters. When I tried to open a folder the message was syntax errors etc.
In the drive properties I see the free space and the used, its about 257gb used and 208gb free in 465 total.
I made a scan with a software helped me in the past to get some files back from another hd called stellar phoenix data recovery. It found the drive and I push recover but the only thing it came back it was recycle bin with 0 files.
I did that scan with stellar before the chkdsk procedure also but it couldn't see the drive then.
Now I don't know what to do more...
Do you think is there any way to get these files back?
Thanks in advanced for any help or advice
Edited by universe, 26 August 2013 - 04:39 AM.